You have an idea for a great story to be told. If only you could write it all down, it would be a tremendous book. Everyone will want a copy. It will enlighten, amuse, fascinate, enthrall, educate, help and better the lives of so many people. In your mind, the task of writing it is huge, like chasing after Moby Dick in a rowboat. Your inability to conceive how you will accomplish this mammoth task paralyzes you. How? In a word: attitude.
You have read hundreds of ‘How to…’ guides on writing the book style of your choice. You have conducted research and gathered hundreds of bits of information and plot lines to support your effort. You have set aside time periodically for your writing. Yet, you remain stuck, frozen in fear of the whale of a project on which you have embarked. What is missing that will unlock the cage and release the writer waiting to come out? The missing ingredient is attitude. More specifically, the attitude that is missing is confidence. Intellectually, you know you can write the book, and you know that doing so will take some time and commitment.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has two definitions for the word, confident, as follows:
adjective \ˈkän-fə-dənt, -ˌdent\
: having a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something
: certain that something will happen or that something is true.”
The latter definition is the one you need. Consider the Latin origin of the word confident- 'having full trust', derived from the verb confidere; from con ‘expressing intensive force’ with fidere 'trust'. If you trust in the intensive force you will apply to writing your book, you cannot fail. That confidence is so much stronger than “having a feeling or belief”, is it not? Zig Ziglar expressed this interpretation very well: “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”
Confidence means you are certain your book will be written, will be published and will be read by all those you can reach with it. That certainty compels you to write, and to keep on writing. That certainty pushes aside all the doubts about whether it will be good enough, whether you will find the time, whether your family thinks you are foolish, whether it will be written well or whether the readers will judge you harshly. If you already have the tartar sauce ready, you are focused on finding the whale. You are not overcome by the rowing, capturing and all of the other steps needed to get to your goal. They are simply what you must do to make it happen, and do it you will.
Writing the book is not only your passion, it is your mission. You make it happen because you are certain it is going to happen. You make the time; you squeeze time in the gaps and you relentlessly pursue every paragraph and chapter. Still reading? Start writing!